Kazuma HIGUCHIManaging Partner

Attorney at law (licensed in Japan and New York)

2011
Kazuma Higuchi International Law Office (Partner)
2008
Ohhara Law Office (Senior Associate)
2007-2008
Masuda, Funai, Enfert & Mitchell, LTD (Visiting Attorney)
*Admitted to New York State Bar (2008)
2006-2007
University of Michigan Law School (LL.M)
2003-2006
Ohhara Law Office (Associate)
2002-2003
Legal Research and Training Institute of Supreme Court of Japan (Law Clerk)
2000-2002
Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University (M.A., Language and Sociology)
*Passed Bar Exam of Japan (2000)
*Attended University of Cambridge’s Summer School for English Legal Methods (2000)
*Organized or joined legal system research tours of Europe, South Korea, China, and Australia
1995-1999
Keio University (B.A., Law)
Language
Japanese, English
Hobby
Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Skiing, Karaoke, Guitar, Ping Pong, Salsa, Traveling
Kazuma HIGUCHI

Membership

  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations
  • Tokyo Bar Association (TBA)
  • International Trade Section of TBA
  • Intellectual Property Law Section of TBA
  • International Committee of TBA (Vice-chair from 2011)
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • IBA International Sales Committee (Officer from 2012)
  • sIBA Litigation Committee (Officer from 2012)
  • Seiwajuku Tokyo
  • Legal Network for Foreigners
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)(National Representative・2016~)

Publication, Lectures and Activities

  • “Linguistic Rights -Protection and Limitation”, Collection of Hitotsubashi University Library (2002)
  • “J-SOX, Essential Points and Response of Japanese Subsidiary”, Japan Chicago Chamber of Commerce News Letter No78 (2008)
  • “When international sales goes wrong”, panelist at IBA’s annual conference (Vancouver, 2010)
  • Counselor at Tokyo Metropolitan Intellectual Property Center (2010~)
  • “Global Development in the Prevention of Foreign Corruption-Outline of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with a Focus on the Impact on Japanese Corporations”, Research on The Practice of Law No.25 (Tokyo Bar Association, 2010)
  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ Working Group for Outbound Business Development (from 2012)
  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations’ Project Team for Preparation for IBA Tokyo Conference (from 2012)
  • “Route for Japanese Lawyers to Support Outbound Business of SMEs” (18th Symposium for Legal Practice Development, Japan Federation of Bar Associations. 2013)
  • “Legal Advice for SME’s Outbound Business” (Multi-authored. 2013)
  • “Cross-border Quality Control and Liability Issues”, panelist at IBA’s conference for international sales, procurement, distribution and franchising (Delhi, 2013)
  • “Proposed revision of Japanese Civil Code after 120 years”, International Sales Newsletter No. 33 of International Bar Association (2014)
  • “Battery drives the future – Legal risks and chances of Self-automotive cars”, panelist as IBA’s annual conference (Tokyo, 2014)
  • “Choosing a Judicial Approach for the Future – Adversarial, Inquisitorial or a Hybrid?”, co-chair at Litigation Conference of the Law Society of Singapore (Singapore, 2015)
  • “Comparison of ADR in Japan and US” (Panelist. Chicago Bar Association. 2015)
  • “Effective Dispute Resolution Methods in Different Countries”(Panelist. AIJA/JFBA session. 2015)
  • “General Guide to Legal Affairs for SMEs” (Multi-authored. Shouji-houmu. 2017)
  • “Basics of Cross-border Legal Services for SMEs” (Seminar. Okinawa Bar Association. 2017)
  • “International Commercial Agency and Distribution Agreement” (Co-authored. Wolters Kluwer. 2017)